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New England Patriots links 11/14/18 - Week 10 cleanup; Moving on to the Bye

Daily news and links for Wednesday

Would love to see more of this after the bye
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  • Doug Kyed wrote an article back on August 1, 2018, on why regression is likely for Tom Brady, and it has nothing to do with age. /Timely reminder.
  • Tom E. Curran provides a throw-by-throw breakdown of each of Tom Brady’s 41 throws from Sunday to add some context to the hysteria.
  • Michael Hurley looks at the coach’s film to get a better idea of how and why that 34-10 butt-whooping took place -- Then he assesses the wild overreaction to this game. /Good read.
  • Andrew Callahan watches the film to determine if the Patriots playoff opponents could replicate what the Titans did on Sunday.
  • Matt Vautour highlights Bill Belichick on the Patriots bye week: A ‘balance between rest and improved fundamentals.’
  • Karen Guregian hands out homework for the bye week with five things for the Patriots to work on. 1. Quarterback play.
  • Ryan Hannable adds his own bye-week assignments for the Patriots. 1. Getting more people involved on offense.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Looking at Patriots’ 5 biggest issues heading into their bye week. 2. Finding consistency in the secondary.
  • Mike Reiss takes a closer look at the Patriots’ remaining schedule, noting ESPN’s Football Power Index, ranks it as the second easiest in the NFL, behind the Buffalo Bills.
  • Zack Cox gives us a scouting report on the Patriots remaining opponents after the bye.
  • Ryan Hannable relays Tom Brady on Rob Gronkowski: ‘We’re all hoping that when he comes back, he’s the same player he always is’. /#MeToo.
  • Ryan Hannable glances at the AFC playoff picture and says while the Pats took a step back, they’re still in the mix for No. 1 seed.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Bill Belichick won’t pin Patriots’ struggles vs. blitz on Tom Brady.
  • Zack Cox notes the Patriots are well aware their slow starts on the road can’t continue.
  • Andrew Callahan relays Trey Flowers pointing to lack of energy and slow starts as the reasons behind the Pats’ trouble on the road.
  • Karen Guregian Patriots Notebook: Trey Flowers no shrinking violet.
  • Doug Kyed NFL Rumors: Patriots activate Duke Dawson, release RB Kenjon Barner and LB Nicholas Grigsby. /There goes my headline-in-waiting, ‘The Great Grigsby’. [sigh] Prob for the best.
  • Doug Kyed explores how the Patriots could fill their open spot on the 53-man roster.
  • Doug Kyed hears from Trey Flowers explaining the pass-rush setback in Tennessee.
  • Tanya Ray Fox (PatriotsWire) Bill Belichick is noticing trends in the game-planning against Patriots.
  • Zack Cox notes Bill Belichick addresses the Patriots kick coverage woes.
  • Karen Guregian passes along a report that TE Dwayne Allen could miss a few weeks with a knee injury.
  • Devon Clements (PatriotsWire) Danny Etling has learned a lot in his first year in the NFL.
  • Tanya Ray Fox (PatriotsWire) Jimmy Kimmel roasts friend who saved his Tom Brady doll from LA fires.
  • Steven Thompson & Chris Blackey (BostonSportsBlitz) Pats Blitz podcast. (45.03 min.)


  • Gregg Rosenthal ( Debrief: Pats down but NOT out; plus, top five MVP candidates.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Passing stats are up around the NFL, but Tom Brady’s are down.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Belichick on Brady blocking and receiving: Won’t do it an excessive amount.
  • Danny Kelly (The Ringer) Saquon Barkley, Nick Chubb, and the rest of the NFL’s rookie running backs, ranked. Sony Michel 5th.
  • Darin Gantt (ProFootballTalk) Jets working out former Patriots linebacker Marquis Flowers.
  • Conor Orr (SI) Morning Huddle: Where will Le’Veon Bell play next year? An early look at teams for the likely 2019 free agent.
  • Mike Freeman (Bleacher Report) 10-Point Stance: Joe Thomas says level of QB play makes NFL fun.
  • Robert Mays (The Ringer) The Starting 11: Are the Steelers, Chargers, and Texans winning streaks for real?
  • Riley McAtee (The Ringer) The NFL’s race to the bottom is starting to crystallize.
  • Andrew Brandt (SI) Business of Football: New standard for contracts, Le’Veon Bell’s holdout, More top business of football storylines.
  • Jenny Vrentas (SI) Andy Reid is creating football’s future, and Patrick Mahomes is living it.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) NFL has a mess on its hands in Mexico. /Click for the NFL mess, stay for the deflategate comments.
  • Sean Wagner-McGough (CBS Sports) NFL moves Chiefs-Rams game from Mexico City to Los Angeles due to poor field conditions.
  • Dan Wetzel (Yahoo! Sports) NFL must learn from Rams vs. Chiefs blunder in Mexico City for future international games.